Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Community Planning (MCP)


Community Planning

First Advisor

Marcia Marker Feld


This study discusses and examines the housing issues for people with developmental disabilities in Rhode Island. The current philosophy of housing for people with developmental disabilities focuses on the promotion of personal choice and the integration of this population into the community rather than living in an institutional setting. Due to the reliance of this population on supportive housing programs, housing authorities play a major role in successful integration. Currently, there is no information oriented toward housing authorities that explains their potential role in furthering the goals of community integration for people with developmental disabilities. To promote the active participation of housing authorities in this process there needs to be an analysis of the current housing needs, innovative housing practices, and opportunities for an active partnership between the local housing authorities, people with developmental disabilities and support service providers. This study provides that information for Rhode Island's public housing authorities.